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Beginner Lesson 1.1 – Self-Introduction

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Self-Introduction In Chinese For Beginners

  • Greeting: say "Hi" in Chinese
  • Self-introduction in Chinese with your first name
  • Self-introduction in Chinese with your last name
  • Self-introduction in Chinese with your full name

VOCABULARY


HSK CHINESE PINYIN P.O.S ENGLISH Audio
1 pr. I; me
1 jiào v. to call; to be called
2 xìng v./n. last name to be / last name
1 hǎo adj. good; well; okay

EXPRESSIONS


HSK CHINESE PINYIN ENGLISH Audio
1 你好 nǐhǎo hello; hi

GRAMMAR


Grammar 1: Hello in Chinese · HSK 1

When we want to say hi or hello in Chinese, we say 你好. Literally, it means, "you; good". Many people wonder why we use 你好 to mean hello in Chinese. This is because it's like we're saying "I bet you're doing good today".

 

Grammar 2: Names in Chinese · HSK 1

In Chinese, people's last name goes before their first name. The last name is usually one character, while the first name is usually one or two characters.

 

Grammar 3: Self-introduction in Chinese with 叫 · HSK 1

wǒ jiào... 我叫……I am called...  / My name is... 

You can use this structure to introduce your (1)full name; (2) first name or nick name. For example,

  • wǒ jiào Dàwèi 
    我叫大卫。
    my name is David
  • wǒ jiào Chéng Lóng 
    我叫成龙。
    my name is Cheng Long
  • wǒ jiào Lǐ Xiǎolóng 
    我叫李小龙。
    my name is Li Xiaolong

 

Be very careful that 叫 usually is not followed by a first name that is one-character. For example the sentence below can be considered incorrect.

wǒ jiào lóng
我叫龙。
my name is Long

 

 

Grammar 4.  Self-introduction in Chinese with 姓 · HSK 1

wǒ xìng...  我姓……My last name is... 

You can use this structure to introduce your last name. For example:

  • wǒ xìng Lǐ 
    我姓李。
    my last name is Li
  • wǒ xìng Wáng
    我姓王。
    my last name is Wang
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